ActivitiesBirdwatchingReykjavík Classic Puffin Watching
Min age: 16 years old
7 - 15 years old
0 - 6 years old
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Reykjavík Classic Puffin Watching

Our puffin tours are a fun, educational and adventurous experience on a boat.

1 Hours
Very easy
What to expect
The puffin watching tour commences at our ticket office by Ægisgarður pier in the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík. There you can buy tickets or exchange a voucher for a prepaid trip. 
The tour is a fun and easy adventure on a boat. A guide will meet you on board one of our smaller boats, which are docked at the floating pier in front of the Whale Watching Centre.  Depending on the tides and conditions on the islands our captains will take you to either Akurey or Lundey. The islands are well known for their plentiful birdlife and in addition to puffins, you have the opportunity to view other birds such as eider ducks, arctic terns, guillemots and cormorants.
The island's shores are rocky but our captains know the best spots to get closer to the puffins in their natural habitat. If the weather is right we might even turn off the engines so that you can enjoy the nature better and listen to the bird's calls. During the tour, the crew will tell you interesting facts and tales about the puffins and the surroundings. 

As the birds are small in size, we recommend bringing a tripod and a good zoom lens for 'close up' photography and/or binoculars (also available to lend on board). 

What's included?
  • Use of raincoats 
  • Use of binoculars 
  • Excellent guidance
What you should bring
Tripod for better camera stability (if taking photographs) 
A good zoom lens for close up photographs (if taking photographs)
Good to know
The deck on the boat can be slippery. We recommend wearing good sturdy footwear.
For optimal viewing and a more enjoyable cruise, this tour is weather dependent.
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Reviews from other people

We booked this tour mainly because one of our children is obsessed with penguins and puffins and this was the #1 thing she wanted to do. The tour was wonderful. Despite it being late in the season to view puffins, we saw hundreds. Mia, our guide, was great and the boat got us really close to the island where we could see puffins, arctic terns, gulls, and other birds. I HIGHLY recommend this tour.


The Elding Puffin Watching tour far exceeded any expectations I had. Mike, the boat captain, and Rodrigo, our guide, were so personable and knowledgable. We had plenty of time to view, watch and enjoy the adorable birds. Rodrigo was full of interesting facts and information, all the while snapping photos with his professional camera and lens. At the end of the tour, he shared their website to request copies, and the photos were the icing on the cake. Look no further for your amazing adventure!


Me and my wife stopped 2 days in Reykjavik during a cruise. Puffin watching was on my bucket list so I did not want to miss this opportunity. We booked tickets as soon as we got down from our cruise liner from the Tourist information centre and immediately got the shuttle bus to Reykjavik Old Port where we validated our tickets at the Elding Whale Watching Company Office and headed for the boat since boarding time was 10.00am. The cruise only took about 20 minutes and we were soon circling this small Island. We were very lucky to see hundreds of these beautiful Puffins, along with other seabirds hustling and bustling to and fro with mouthfuls of herring for their little ones in their burrow nests. We spent around 40 minutes watching these amazing unique sea birds before we cruised back to the Port. Wonderful experience not to be missed. The excursion was very informative and exceeded our expectation. Amazing experience!!!!!!

Dany Mii

The best company to go whale watching.
We've been in March and the weather was amazing. Megan was our guide for the day. I couldn't have asked for a better guide. She knew so much about Iceland and the ocean and the animals it was so interesting to listen to her. Very well organized trip.
We actually saw whales! But even if we didn't, I would totally recommend this company for you trip!

Railey Bailey

Excellent! Very knowledgeable guide, she gave us lots of in depth information about the whales, as well as what they do to conserve and study them.

I felt very safe for the whole duration of the trip. The boat was very sturdy and I felt the captain was in full control of the vessel.

We were incredibly lucky that day as there were quite a few whale, porpoise and minke sightings! It was very exciting!

Rosie Springett

We used this service for their Northern Lights tour and was lucky to see one of their best shows this winter. So informative for the couple of hours we were out there the staff were constantly telling us new information about the lights and Iceland. We might be biased because we saw such an amazing show but I would really recommend this company for Northern Lights tours!

Shaun Cooney

Great experience. We saw dolphins and whales. Very environmentally conscious. We were hoping to see some puffins.

Eduard Fraile

I went on both whale-watching and northern lights tours. Their boats are spacious and comfortable, so even if there is a lot of people you do not really feel it. They also provide pills in case you feel sick on the sea, and my guides were nice and willing to explain any facts and answer any questions!

Our experience on our ATV tour was excellent!!

We were so very happy with our tour guide who made the experience fun while still educating us on interesting facts along our tour and even shared some suggestions for where we should go next.

We took MANY pictures along the way and would be happy to share.

I would definitely recommend this experience to a friend. We had a lot of fun and definitely got wet wet, but the cold is easily mitigated by the suits and gloves.

It was cancelled due to a large storm that morning. The manager was very apologetic and we were given the option of an atv tour or refund. Although we were disappointed we know the weather can't be controlled (especially in Iceland!!!) The day manager made it very easy and simple to receive a refund and we carried on with our tour. The rest of the tour was fantastic!!! The driver was great and the guide was informative and funny.